Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Liquid had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb...

This was an unplanned for dinner at Banoo with my old friend Eddie. With the memory of the tasty kebab koobideh still fresh in memory from the prior visit, I decided to bring Ed down to check out more of the Persian food that this place provides. Early dinner it was, we were the first 2 customers to step in at 6 in the evening with no one else yet in sight.

Kashk-e Baademjaan

The Kashk-e Baademjaan is a dish of roasted eggplant with fried onions, mashed together with mint and yoghurt sauce. It was served hot. Banoo's rendition of the minted eggplant mash comes finely ground. Which brings to me images of machine making this stuff instead of hands. It tasted fine honestly, but as an appetizer, it didn't really come across as appetising much. Beats the Naan-o-Paneer-0-Sabzi which is really too fresh and raw (not the cheese) for my taste.


This fairly interesting looking giant meatball is the Kuftah and was not on the menu. It was introduced by the waiter and I remember having seen it in D's visit. I like meat so, there wasn't much of a question to do or not. The Kuftah came with a broth like a spicy tomato based curry which was really good with the butter rice of the kebab koobideh. The minced lamb ball had rice fillers which was different from the one that D had which was described to have potato filler. I thought this ball tasted pretty good. This was also large and rather filling.

Double butter Kebab Koobideh

Well, just for the record, this is just Kebab Koobideh. Today, I asked for an extra helping of butter. This dish did come with the option of flat bread or rice. I personally thought that the rice is so damn good so I had the rice again. It was all even better when buttered. The koobideh does come in the chicken variety so one can choose. For $15.50, one gets a large and delicious meal of grilled mince lamb with their fragrant basmati rice. Sounds like an expensive nasi bryani? This was better than nasi bryani you've ever have.

Today's dinner came with a unexpected surprise. The lady owner of the place arrived with their dessert and said it was on the house. Wow, that was certainly a nice gesture. That was by the way, the Sholeh-Zard which is made of rice, sugar, saffron and rosewater topped with cinnamon and almond bits. Something I had noticed from the previous visit but didn't get to try. It essentially tastes like is chilled jellied sago with rose and it was actually very good. The two of us, stuffed from dinner still managed to finish it.


D said...

Hey, you haven't tried that yogurt drink yet. C'mon, you know you want to =) if you're a sucker for pain like me. It brings out the masochist in you hahaha!

LiquidShaDow said...

Your paragraph on the drink always make me chuckle whenever I read it. Room temperature pain doesn't really appeal man. Does it taste like lassi?

D said...

No where close mate. I actually enjoy lassi, even the unsweetened ones. This was just something else altogether! haha.

Junie said...

each time i click on ur blog since last night till now, the " liquid had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.. " never fails to crack me up! hahaha

LiquidShaDow said...

@ D
Hmmmm....discretion is the better part of valor. I shall curb the adventurous soul even though I'm curious. Lol. We'll see what happens when I visit the next time.

@ Junie
Laughter is indeed good medicine.